Dear friend, do you sometimes develop doubts about God’s willingness and capacity to help you in times of dire needs? Are you unsure about God’s open mind and free dealings with you in spite of your shortcomings and the ways by which you have grieved the Spirit of God? But if you have sought God’s forgiveness through genuine repentance, He will forgive you and will not fish out those sins He once forgave you. His displeasure with you will not last long because when you repent, He will not deal with you according to your past, but according to your future. This was how He dealt with Abraham, Isaac, Noah, David, Moses and Peter. His displeasure with them melted when they expressed their penitence to Him. Thereafter the Lord kept providing for them to meet their needs. Just as Joseph was magnanimous with his brothers, our Lord will be magnanimous with us in providing for us. Today He wants us not to be afraid of possible punishment for our spiritual crimes. As a loving father, our God will spank us for some of our disobedience, but He will not deal with us according to our shortcomings. So we can go to Him with confidence and courage today and confess our failures and weaknesses. He will surely forgive us and will reassure us, as He reassured Peter after he disowned the Lord three times. His promise of provision, protection and fellowship will be available to us as we renew our lives each day with the help of His Spirit.Psalms 103:10 – (Our Lord) does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.Thought for Today
God deals with His children as a benevolent father and not as a taskmaster.